Anthony Indelicato

Anthony "Bruno" Indelicato (born 1947), also known as "Bruno",[1] "Whack-Whack" [2] and "Anthony Indelicato" [3] is a capo with the Bonanno crime family in New York City.

Biography[edit | edit source]

Anthony Indelicato was the son of Alphonse "Sonny Red" Indelicato, a powerful capo in the Bonanno family. Indelicato is a nephew of Gerard Indelicato, a former Special Assistant to Massachusetts governor Michael Dukakis. Anthony Indelicato's wife is Catherine Burke, a daughter of Lucchese crime family associate Jimmy Burke.

Galante murder[edit | edit source]

In 1979, Anthony Indelicato participated in the murder of Bonanno boss Carmine Galante. With the official Bonanno boss Philip Rastelli in prison, Galante had taken effective control of the family in the early 1970s. His ruthlessness and ambition created many enemies within the Bonanno family and in the other New York families. Galante refused to share any of the profits that he made from heroin trafficking.

The Mafia Commission finally allowed several Bonanno capos to plot Galante's assassination. On July 12, 1979, Galante entered the "Joe and Mary Italian-American Restaurant" in Bushwick, Brooklyn for lunch. Later that afternoon, Indelicato and three other men drove up to and entered Joe and Mary's, wearing ski masks. The gunmen murdered Galante at his table as he was eating lunch in the rear outdoor garden of the restaurant; the New York Post headline read: "Godfather Blown Away Alfresco in Brooklyn". As a reward for killing Galante, Indelicato was promoted to capo.[4]

Three capos murder[edit | edit source]

After Galante's murder, a power struggle erupted between two factions of the Bonanno family. One faction included capos Dominick Napolitano and Joseph Massino, who were loyal to Rastelli. The second faction, which included Indelicato's father Alphonse, Phillip Giaccone and Dominick Trinchera, wanted to murder the leaders of the Massino faction and assume power for themselves. After receiving permission from the Mafia Commission, Massino set up a plot to murder the rival captains first.

On May 5, 1981, Alphonse Indelicato, Giaccone, and Trichera were lured to a meeting at restaurant, where they were executed. Anthony Indelicato missed the meeting and avoided death. Alphonse chose to bring Frank Lino with him instead of his son. The Bonannos wanted Anthony Indelicato dead as well, believing that he would try to get revenge for the murder of his father. Napolitano ordered Donnie Brasco to murder Indelicato, though the hit was eventually called off. Brasco was warned to be careful when approaching Indelicato, since he was considered dangerous and wild with a gun, especially when high on cocaine.

After the three capos' murders, Alphonse's brother Joseph assumed control of his crew, which included Anthony. At one point, Indelicato allegedly attempted to assassinate Gambino crime family boss John Gotti and Gambino mobster Angelo Ruggiero. Gotti had assisted Massino in the murder of the three capos by disposing of the bodies. Indelicato allegedly drove alongside Gotti's car on the Van Wyck Expressway in Queens during a high speed chase and shot at him. However, Ruggiero, who was driving at the time, swerved in time to dodge the gunfire.

Prison[edit | edit source]

In 1986, Indelicato was convicted of the 1979 Galante murder during the historic Mafia Commission Trial. On November 19, 1986, he was sentenced to 40 years in prison. Soon after being sent to prison in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, Indelicato met Catherine Burke while she was visiting her incarcerated friend John Carneglia. In 1992, Indelicato and Catherine Burke were married at the federal prison in Terre Haute, Indiana. In 1998, Indelicato was released from prison and moved home with his wife to Howard Beach, Queens. Although wanted dead at one point, Indelicato went back to work for the Bonannos, operating his father's old crew and becoming one of the Bonanno family's biggest earners. During this period, he briefly returned to prison for violating parole by meeting with Bonanno mobsters.

Santoro murder[edit | edit source]

In 2001, Indelicato participated in the murder of Bonanno associate Frank Santoro who had threatened to kidnap one of the sons of then Bonanno capo, Vincent "Vinny Gorgeous" Basciano, a close friend of Indelicato's. Santoro was shot to death while walking his dog in the Bronx.[5] Indelicato served as a driver. In 2007, Basciano was convicted of the murder. In February 2006, Indelicato was charged with murder and racketeering for the 2001 Santoro murder.[6] In August 2008, Indelicato pleaded guilty to lesser charges and on December 16, 2008, was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison. As of March 2012, Indelicato is imprisoned at the Fort Dix Federal Correctional Institution (FCI) in New Jersey. His projected release date is July 20, 2023, when he would be 76 years old.[7][8]

Popular culture[edit | edit source]

Indelicato is portrayed as "Bruno" in the 1997 movie Donnie Brasco by actor Brian Tarantina.

Further reading[edit | edit source]

  • Jacobs, James B., Christopher Panarella and Jay Worthington. Busting the Mob: The United States Vs. Cosa Nostra. New York: NYU Press, 1994. ISBN 0-8147-4230-0
  • Raab, Selwyn. Five Families: The Rise, Decline, and Resurgence of America's Most Powerful Mafia Empires. New York: St. Martin Press, 2005. ISBN 0-312-30094-8
  • Saggio, Frankie and Fred Rosen. Born to the Mob: The True-Life Story of the Only Man to Work for All Five of New York's Mafia Families. New York: Thunder Mouth Press, 2004. ISBN 1-56025-559-5
  • Giovino, Andrea Divorced from the Mob: My Journey from Organized Crime to Independent Woman
  • DeStefano, Anthony. The Last Godfather: Joey Massino & the Fall of the Bonanno Crime Family. California: Citadel, 2006.
  • Pistone, Joseph, Donnie Brasco: My Undercover Life in the Mafia. Random House Value Publishing (February 1990) ISBN 5-552-53129-9
  • Pistone, Joseph D.; & Brandt, Charles (2007). Donnie Brasco: Unfinished Business, Running Press. ISBN 0-7624-2707-8.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. [1] Mobsters, unions, and feds: the Mafia and the American labor movement, James B. Jacobs, NYU Press, 2006 ISBN 0-8147-4273-4, ISBN 978-0-8147-4273-0 320 pages page 38
  2. [2] Born to the Mob: The True-Life Story of the Only Man to Work for All Five of New York's Mafia Families, Frankie Saggio, Fred Rosen, Thunder's Mouth Press, 2004 ISBN 1-56025-559-5, ISBN 9781560255598224 pages page 16
  3. [3] Divorced from the Mob: My Journey from Organized Crime to Independent Woman, By Andrea Giovino, Gary Brozek, Carroll & Graf Publishers, 2005 ISBN 0-7867-1556-1, ISBN 978-0-7867-1556-5 and referred to as "The Mick Jagger of the Mob" by crime author Phillip Carlo. 320 pages page 82
  4. "CARMINE "LILO" GALANTE" Gangsters Inc.
  5. "Four in Bonanno Family Plead Guilty in Murders" By TRYMAINE LEE New York Times August 7, 2008
  6. "Mob Figure Is Charged in Plot to Kill a Rival Gangster" By WILLIAM K. RASHBAUM February 17, 2006
  7. NY POST "Bonanno boss hit with 15 years for mob shooting" New York Post December 17, 2008.
  8. Bureau of Prisons Inmate Locator

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